Chairman’s Message

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In the past year, the Fellowship continued to focus on the service orientation in recovery, talent cultivation and the improvement of service facilities. Given limited resources, the aforementioned have steadily been developed.

 

Walking Together for Advocacy and Wellness

As in the past, Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong has always embraced the direction of sustainable development, and has continued to promote the service philosophy of recovery in last year, from the practice of walking together by the staff to embrace recovery, to empowerment and active participation by people in recovery and their families. In training, exchange and service achievement reporting activities, they played a vital stakeholder role in sharing personal experiences and inspired others through performance arts or “Photovoice”. Enhancing their own sense of competence along the way, as well as helping others.

 

Continuous training for grooming talents

Last year, the Fellowship continued to devote around 90% resources for remuneration and benefit of the frontline staff, and for awarding the outstanding staff. In service process, we have passed on wisdom. Our staff team, as in the past, stably provide service. On staff training, the Fellowship was supported by the Social Welfare Development Fund and spent around $430,000 on the aspect throughout the year. With total 798 attendance for staff training last year, it would surely be beneficial to colleagues’ personal and career development.

 

Simultaneously upgrading software and hardware of services

Even though the funding for information technology is limited, Clientele Information System (CIS) for residential service was developed last year through colleagues’ efforts. System set up for Integrated Community Centre for Mental Wellness is almost complete and is expected to launch within a year, whereas system development for Vocational Rehabilitation Services is to be carried out. In the aspect of computer settings, Providence Foundation funded a total of 16 computers to assist the Fellowship to implement computer training courses for enhancing trainees’ cognitive abilities and increasing their knowledge of information technology.

Halfway Houses have been in service for years. All of them were actively applying additional allocation for major renovation. Among them, Wan Tsui House has firstly been approved by the Lotteries Fund and the construction will commence in December 2017. Other Houses are intended to submit license application for residential services in priority and are expected to be approved in succession in the coming year, for improving the environment and facilities of the service units at an earlier date.

Facilities of the non-governmental subvented service units of the Fellowship had also been improved this year. The Mental Health Support and Education Centre in Yau Ma Tei, funded by Drs. Richard Charles & Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation, provides basic facilities for meetings and activities which makes convenience to Richmond Fellowship Community Network and other units concerned to conduct group service and meeting. Furthermore, Likang Court used the means of crowdfunding to raise funds for small maintenance works improving living environment of its residents.

 

Conclusion

Faced with enormous challenges, Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong had experienced the process of solidarity and continuous improvement last year. Although there was a budget deficit when preparing the financial budget in early 2017, the Fellowship has all along made stable financial arrangement, and with latest information received between April and June 2017, the Fellowship confirmed that there would be no budget deficit and service can be continuously and stably developed.

I, on behalf of Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the Executive Committee members for their continuous supervision and leadership for the Fellowship; to pay tribute to the staff at all levels sticking to their duties and caring for the Fellowship when facing difficulties; and to thank various stakeholders, including people in recovery, their families, volunteers and the sponsors for their continuous support to the Fellowship so that we can strive to promote mental recovery and community integration. As always, with our endeavour, the Fellowship would commit to offering suitable services to the needy.

 

Prof. Ng Yat Nam Petrus
Chairman